Havelock dominates, 70-38

HAVELOCK | The football players returned and the basketball team rolled.

Playing with their full team for the first time this season, the Havelock Rams coasted to a 70-38 win over Richlands in their Coastal 3-A Conference boys’ basketball opener Tuesday at Havelock High.

“I’m glad they are here. Now, we can start pulling out wins and get going,” said Havelock coach Daniel Griffee.

The Rams lost three of their first four without several of their top players who starred on Havelock’s football team.

Those players have had just one practice since their football season ended in the state semifinals last Friday.

“For a first game, we played good,” said senior guard Jeffrey Harris. “We are so used to playing with each other during the summer. We just got out there and played like we know how to.”

Quinzel Lockhart led Havelock (2-3, 1-0 Coastal 3-A) with 15 points to go along with seven steals and four rebounds. Lockhart, Harris and Khalil Barrett are returning starters off last year’s team, looking to replace Kyran Bowman, a freshman playing at Boston College.

“Even when Bowman was here, we were balanced,” Griffee said. “Post Bowman is going to be just as good as it was with Bowman. The guys that were around Bowman were these guys right here.”

Harris added 10 points, four steals and five rebounds and Barrett contributed eight points and seven boards.

Havelock opened the game on a 17-0 run as Richlands didn’t score until 1:07 remaining in the first quarter. The Rams extended their lead to 33-15 at halftime and 55-26 after three quarters.

“We are taking it one game at a time and continuing to work to get better,” Harris said.

Jaylend Godette chipped in 10 points, four rebounds and three blocks for the Rams and Josh Reid scored eight points.

Sophomore Anthony Harris added seven points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals.

“I think he’s one of the best players in the east. He’s young, he loves the game and he is so active on defense and makes things happen,” Griffee said.

Havelock forced 23 turnovers and out-rebounded Richlands, 44-28.

The Rams had 20 steals.

“We pressured the ball and our hands were active. We played gaps and had good help-side defense,” Griffee said. “That’s where the weight room is paying off. They are strong, can jump and are athletic.”

Havelock plays at White Oak on Friday.

Richlands     5    10    11    12  -- 38

Havelock    22    11    22    15 – 70

RICHLANDS (38): Xavier Williams 7, Baraka Wainaina 1, Shayvon Kornegay 4, Jeremy Pierce 5, Sifa Wainaina 5, Marcus Knight 4, Frank White 7, George Grooms 4, Greg Lagusis 1.

HAVELOCK (70): Anthony Harris 7, Khalil Barrett 8, Jeffrey Harris 10, Quinzel Lockhart 15, Jaylend Godette 10, Miels Sutton 6, Kevon Hammond 5, Josh Reid 8, Will Spottsville 1. 

Rebounds: Richlands 28 (S. Wainaina 5), Havelock 44 (A. Harris 10); Turnovers: Richlands 23, Havelock 19. Free throws: 10-17, Havelock 4-8. 3-pointers: Richlands 3 (Pierce, S. Wainaina, White), Havelock 6 (J. Harris 2, Barrett, Lockhart, Hammond, Reid). Records: Richlands 3-4, 0-1 Coastal 3-A, Havelock 2-3, 1-0 Coastal 3-A.